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  • Question

  • I have a license for a Windows server 2008. I am now in the process of installing my very first corporate domain controller. Now I was wondering if I do need to purchase additional licenses for my users before I add them and their machines in AD. Please kindly advise. Thanks.

    Saturday, December 19, 2009 6:17 PM

Answers

  • As per http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-faq.aspx#cals
    "Q.  When do I need to acquire a Windows Server 2008 CAL?   A.  
    A Windows Server 2008 CAL is required when a user or device accesses or uses the Windows Server 2008 server software. However, if access is through the Internet and is anonymous (for example, when browsing a public Web site), a Windows Server CAL is not required. Also, if that user is an external user, another option is to acquire an External Connector license. See the Windows External Connector License section below for more detail. Further information is available at the External Connector License Overview. Further to this Windows Server 2008 CALs are not required if you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 solely as a virtualization host. The only exception to this is if you are running Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machines, which would require Windows Server 2008 CALs. For example if you deploy Windows Server 2008 virtual machines onto Windows Server 2008 R2, you do not require Windows Server 2008 CALs for your virtual machine users."

    hth
    Marcin
    • Proposed as answer by Meinolf Weber Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:55 PM
    • Marked as answer by Joson Zhou Wednesday, December 30, 2009 9:49 AM
    Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:04 PM
  • Hi,

    If you need further assistace about license, I suggest that you call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. 
     
    For contact information for a worldwide office, visit http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/default.aspx.

    Thanks.


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Proposed as answer by Meinolf Weber Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:55 PM
    • Marked as answer by Joson Zhou Wednesday, December 30, 2009 9:49 AM
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:56 AM

All replies

  • As per http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing-faq.aspx#cals
    "Q.  When do I need to acquire a Windows Server 2008 CAL?   A.  
    A Windows Server 2008 CAL is required when a user or device accesses or uses the Windows Server 2008 server software. However, if access is through the Internet and is anonymous (for example, when browsing a public Web site), a Windows Server CAL is not required. Also, if that user is an external user, another option is to acquire an External Connector license. See the Windows External Connector License section below for more detail. Further information is available at the External Connector License Overview. Further to this Windows Server 2008 CALs are not required if you are using Windows Server 2008 R2 solely as a virtualization host. The only exception to this is if you are running Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machines, which would require Windows Server 2008 CALs. For example if you deploy Windows Server 2008 virtual machines onto Windows Server 2008 R2, you do not require Windows Server 2008 CALs for your virtual machine users."

    hth
    Marcin
    • Proposed as answer by Meinolf Weber Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:55 PM
    • Marked as answer by Joson Zhou Wednesday, December 30, 2009 9:49 AM
    Saturday, December 19, 2009 8:04 PM
  • Hi,

    If you need further assistace about license, I suggest that you call 1-800-426-9400 (select option 4), Monday through Friday, 6:00 A.M. to 5:30 P.M. (PST) to speak directly to a Microsoft licensing specialist. 
     
    For contact information for a worldwide office, visit http://www.microsoft.com/worldwide/default.aspx.

    Thanks.


    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.
    • Proposed as answer by Meinolf Weber Saturday, December 26, 2009 1:55 PM
    • Marked as answer by Joson Zhou Wednesday, December 30, 2009 9:49 AM
    Tuesday, December 22, 2009 8:56 AM